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Triple rear camera iPhones coming soon

Fan-made renderings depicting possible designs for the tri-cam setup. (Source: iDropNews)
Fan-made renderings depicting possible designs for the tri-cam setup. (Source: iDropNews)
According to a Yuanta Securities report, Apple already expressed its interest in integrating rear tri-camera setups for its upcoming high-end smartphones. The future iPhones could get 5X optical zoom per lens and it looks like there will be at least a 12 MP sensor. Apple's tri-cam devices are slated to be released in 2019.

While the image quality of handheld devices got to the point where it could rival DSLR daylight shots, the size of the lenses and the aperture may never be enough to provide super-high ISO factors for low light environments. This will certainly not stop phone makers from integrating a plethora of sensors on their devices. Combining the power of more than one sensor seems to be yielding overall better results, and the record for the most rear cams is currently held by Huawei’s P20 Pro, which sports 3 image sensors. This might have started a new trend, as other companies are now considering tri-cam setups for future models.

Apple is probably the biggest company to express an interest in a rear tri-cam device. Huawei might have been the first, but Apple must be thinking it can perfect the technology somehow. According to Yuanta Securities analyst Jeff Pu, the creators of the iPhone are planning to launch at least one device with three rear image sensors in the near future.

Even though the analyst could not provide further information about the specs of these cameras, a Chinese publication claimed that the upcoming iPhones could integrate 5X optical zoom per each lens, and there should be at least one 12 MP sensor. Moreover, these sophisticated camera setups may only be featured on the top-of-the-line devices like the iPhone X successor.

Unfortunately, Apple will most likely introduce the tri-camera setups in the second half of 2019, so iPhone fans might want to skip the 2018 models altogether.


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Bogdan Solca, 2018-05- 8 (Update: 2018-05- 8)